Amazon “terminates” employees for sharing customer data with third parties

Amazon has “terminated” a number of employees who were found to have sold customer data to third party sources.

The online retailer informed a number of customers via an email, seen by TechCrunch, that their data including email addresses and phone numbers had been shared illegally.

Amazon’s customer service branch told customers that their details “were disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third-party in violation of our policies”.

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It added that those responsible have been “terminated, and w are supporting law enforcement in their prosecution”.

No details about the sacked employees or to whom the data was sold was released by Amazon.

This comes less than a week after the retailer was also forced to sack four employees at its video doorbell division Ring for watching customer video feeds beyond what they were allowed to.

“Although each of the individuals involved in these incidents was authorized to view video data, the attempted access to that data exceeded what was necessary for their job functions,” Amazon’s vice president of public policy Brian Huseman said.

This also follows a similar incident in 2018 in which Amazon was forced to publicly acknowledge that an employee was terminated for sharing customer details with third parties.

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